7 expert-selected skin care products for hyperpigmentation
Dr. Angela Barnes, CO, is a partner at The Skin Center. Here are her favorite skin care products for hyperpigmentation.
- Oily in the T-zone
- Redness prone
- Aging prevention
1. Glytone Mild Gel Cleanser – $36
“I like this cleanser so much because it is gentle enough to use every day, but it is also effective enough to cleanse my skin without causing any irritation.”
Pro tip: Apply a small amount of the cleanser to damp skin and massage gently in circular motions. Rinse thoroughly with warm water and pat dry. Avoid scrubbing!
2. Avène Thermal Spring Water – $9.50 to $18.50
“This soothing and soft water has anti-irritating properties that are clinically proven to reduce inflammation and calm sensitive skin. I recommend it to treat eczema, psoriasis, rosacea, and atopic dermatitis.”
Pro tip: Apply directly to your skin using a cotton pad or spray, especially before applying makeup.
3. Biossance Squalane & Marine Algae Eye Cream – $56
“This cream contains squalane, which helps hydrate my skin and reduce redness. Its marine algae extract, which helps to nourish and protect my skin from environmental stressors.”
Pro tip: Gently dab a small amount around your eye area with your ring finger. Start at the outer corner of the eye and move towards the inner corner. Avoid pulling or tugging the delicate skin around your eye.
4. Vichy Mineral 89 Serum – $19.99 to $39.99
“I always tell patients that the hyaluronic acid ingredient in this serum plumps and hydrates their skin. Andbecaust it has Vitamin C, it helps the appearance of wrinkles and dark spots.”
Pro tip: After you wash your face—but before you moisturize—apply a few drops of the serum to your fingertips and gently massage it onto your face in an upward and outward motion.
5. Avène Mineral 50+ SPF – $34
“This is a great, lightweight, non-greasy mineral SPF that reflects UV rays so you’re protected against sunburn and signs of premature aging.”
Pro tip: Apply liberally to all exposed areas of the skin, about 15 minutes before sun exposure. Reapply every two hours.
6. Glytone Mild Gel Cleanser – $36
“This cleanser is formulated with a combination of glycolic acid and arbutin to help reduce the appearance of hyperpigmentation, exfoliate and brighten the skin, and limit the production of melanin (which causes hyperpigmentation).”
Pro tip: Use at night before bed to help cleanse and remove makeup, oil, and dirt from your skin.
7. Glytone TranEXamide Discoloration Treatment Serum – $80
“I use and recommend this serum because it reduces the appearance of dark spots caused by sun damage and prevents future pigment formation.”
Pro tip: Apply a thin layer to your skin until it is completely absorbed. For the best results, use for at least eight weeks,